Russia invites Taliban to Moscow for Afghanistan Talks

Posted on October 07, 2021, 2:48 pm
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MOSCOW/KABUL: Russia’s special envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov has said that Taliban representatives have been invited to Moscow for talks later this month on the country’s future.

According to the details, Zamir Kabulov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that the talks were planned for October 20 but did not provide further details.

While responding to a question whether Taliban representatives would be invited to the negotiations involving China, India, Pakistan, and Iran, Kabulov said: “Yes.”

Kabulov was also asked whether Russia would deliver aid to Afghanistan, where the humanitarian crisis is growing worse, he said it would deliver the promised aid, but the details were still being decided, Kabulov said.

The meeting will follow a G20 summit scheduled for next week that is aimed at helping Afghanistan avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover.

Earlier, Moscow hosted an international conference on Afghanistan in March at which Russia, the United States, China and Pakistan released a joint statement calling on the then-warring Afghan sides to reach a peace deal and curb violence.

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